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Back in Time: Mighty Ape

Celebrating 10 successful years growing into one of our biggest online shopping platforms, Mighty Ape went from a team of two people in 2008 to a team that in November 2018 was 80 strong.

Celebrating 10 successful years growing into one of our biggest online shopping platforms, Mighty Ape went from a team of two people in 2008 to a team that in November 2018 was 80 strong.

MightyApe is a multi-category online shopping site that offers over 800,000 products. When the site started in 2008, stock on hand was only 10,000, according to Mighty Ape’s general manager, Alastair Burns.

“The growth these past 10 years has been phenomenal… Moving into our first purpose-built facility in February this year was an incredible achievement. We are all immensely proud to be in a building we can call our own, customised to our needs. It will help us continue to deliver industry-leading service to our customers.”

The company started in a warehouse of just 130 square-metres, and now has moved into a more suitable space of 9000 square metres. Burns says that the company turning 10 was a big deal, even more so for the loyal customers they couldn’t have done without.

“We celebrated the big day with cake and a morning tea at our HQ but were all straight back to fulfilling customer orders shortly after. Besides our annual birthday sale, we had our famous birthday hunt,” said Burns.  

“Over 3,800 customers have participated in this fun hunt. To celebrate the milestone, we also had 10 days of birthday giveaways.”

Mighty Ape has seen its fair share of successes over the year, taking over a struggling LeftBrain Group in 2015, and taking out an award for great customer service also in 2015.

The shopping site has remained a New Zealand owned company as it’s grown, working out of its North Island premises in Auckland. The site has always had fun and relatability at the heart of its ethos, shown through its products and the staff it happily states, “were customers before they were on our payroll.”

The old Mighty Ape site

Burns says that Mighty Ape will show no signs of slowing down at they look ahead into the near future.

“I look forward to coming up with new creative ways to meet and surpass our customers’ needs and expectations. I look forward to the challenge of the rapid changes in the market and how we must restructure ourselves to meet these new challenges head-on.”

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